Aachen: The First German City to Be Captured by the Allies

The Battle of Aachen was fought between American and German troops between the 2nd and 21st of October 1944. The city was a major defensive stronghold for Nazi Germany and most of the civilians had been evacuated before the battle began. The United States and Germany both lost roughly 5,000 men with a further 5,600 German troops taken as prisoners of war by the US.

German forces maintained a fierce defence over 19 days of fighting despite being heavily out-numbered. Eventually, however, US forces emerged victorious and captured Aachen, making it the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies in World War Two.

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